Water is fundamental to ecosystems, health, industry, and to life itself. Climate change and aging infrastructure threaten a perfect storm of water crises for the United States. The Future of Water Summit is an event that brings together leaders from the water industry, government, and the scientific community to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and solutions for the water sector.


The goal of the Summit was to develop a “unified vision” for collaborative water management and governance to ensure a secure, just, and affordable water future for all. Local, state, and federal partners, non-governmental agencies, service and technology providers, and members of the academic community will convene to leverage existing efforts and jointly formulate a “call-to-action” to ensure a more sustainable and resilient society.


Local, state, and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, service and technology providers, and members of the academic community convened to leverage existing efforts and jointly formulate a “Call-to-Action” to ensure a more sustainable and resilient society.


NSF Proposal Collaborative: Collaborative planning efforts for a proposed Smart One Water Cyber-Physical-Social infrastructure National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center (ERC) have identified opportunities to transform the way people interact with smart water services, and to advance national-scale Artificial Intelligence-driven cyberinfrastructure platform for adaptive and intelligent management of engineered and natural water systems driven by societal needs for resilience, sustainability, and social justice. The Future of Water Summit will further inform this ongoing effort.

Launch PBS Documentary The "The Future of Water" Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) documentary production will be launched during the Summit as a follow-up to the well-received 2009 "Liquid Asset: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure" PBS documentary.

Agenda & List of Speakers

Future of Water Summit 2022_Agenda v3.pdf

Keynote Speakers

Daniella Levine Cava


Miami Dade County 

Kishia L. Powell

COO and Ex. Vice President

DC Water 

Jennifer Sara

Director, Water Global Practice

World Bank

Joe D. Manous

Director, Institute for Water Resources 

US Army Corps of Engineers 

Maria Lehman



Peiffer Brandt

President and CEO

Rafteflis Financial Consultants

Jennifer Palmiotto

Senior Federal Policy Advisor 

National Rural Water Association

Ken Bagstad

Research Economist

US Geological Survey

Roy Coley


Miami-Dade County WASD

Louis Aguirre


WPLG Local 10 

Eileen Higgins


Miami-Dade County District 5

David Mussington

Executive Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security 


Heather Polinsky

Global President, Resilience 


Inge Wiersema

National One Water Director

Carollo Engineers 

Cindy Wallis-Lage

Executive Director

Black & Veatch

Beverly Stinson

Executive Vice President


Susan Moisio

Global Water Market Director


Kevin Shafer

Executive Director

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

Sunil Sinha

Professor and Director

SWIM Center, Virginia Tech

Hardeep Anand

Director, One Water Strategy

Miami Dade County

Media Coverage

Thought Leadership

Five Main Themes

The One Water approach seeks to disrupt siloed water systems management and take a holistic and collaborative approach to consider all water resources – surface, ground, stormwater, recycled – as "One Water."  Smart One Water seeks to integrate and intelligent water management through digital transformation.

Smart One Water approach necessitates multi-departmental and multi-agency integration opportunities to manage water in a more efficient, cost effective, and sustainable manner. The Plan should represent continued and improved commitment to proactively manage all its water resources and implement innovative solutions, driven by the societal needs for resilience, sustainability, equity, and social and environmental justice.

Sustainable and resilient provision of water – under both routine conditions and following extreme events – is a key societal and infrastructure need. Crises related to fires in the western US, to hurricane impacts (e.g., Maria in Puerto Rico; Harvey in Houston), and to other acute events or societal and biophysical changes reveal how water services can be impacted and devastate communities. Seeking greater sustainability and resilience – in the face of climate change (floods, hurricanes, drought, fire), aging infrastructure, cybersecurity needs, pandemics, economic disruptions, and population growth – necessitates changes in water management. Overcoming these interconnected and complex water management challenges is a daunting task. There is increased urgency to modernize and integrate water management practices, but for most communities (especially, small communities), management remains ad hoc and siloed.

Universal access to reliable, safe, affordable, water sector service is essential to maintaining public health, economic prosperity, and wellbeing. It is in our collective national interest that everyone has sustained access to clean water and sanitation. Yet, the reality is that maintaining and operating water systems is incredibly costly. This creates a dilemma for people who cannot pay water bills and also for utilities who cannot cover costs to provide affordable water. The time is right to re-envision how we price and distribute the costs of water in a way that reflects its value as a public good. Effective tools are emerging to help utilities achieve financial stability and provide more compassionate policies and practices to ensure no residents go without critical water and sanitation services.

An Intelligent Water System is a technological, socially enabled, approach that integrates and derives information from cyber-space, physical-space and social-space. It is based on an improved systems understanding that integrates data collection, database management, modeling techniques (including, Artificial Intelligence), decision support, and intelligent workforce skills. The approach supports data-driven decision making and optimizes lifecycle management of water systems (Natural, Built, and Socio-Economic) – leading to water operations that are affordable, reliable, sustainable, resilient, and efficient.

Summary and Call to Action Papers

Call to Action Paper

Call-to-Action-The Future of Water-FinalDraft.pdf

Summary Paper

Summary-The Future of Water-FinalDraft.pdf

Photo Gallery 

NSF Proposal Partners

Summit Organizers